Archiving by Domain: Agriculture

In 2010, the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) was awarded a two-year Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership program grant to establish a model for cooperative, coordinated management of physical collections in two major fields of research.  The project, entitled Cooperative Print Archiving by Discipline: Developing an Infrastructure to Sustain Scholarly Resources, focuses on the fields of Law and Agriculture and will build a sustainable and scalable plan for cooperative management of legacy print materials at the local, state, regional, and national levels. 

Information on this page will highlight the goals, work and milestones of the project as it progresses. 

Scope of Content

This project focuses on serials identified by Cornell University's Mann Library and other major U.S. research libraries as material of national significance in the Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) collection and microfilmed by participants in the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN), a project to preserve state and local material through cooperative effort by land grant universities in 25 states.

CHLA serials

Serials from the USAIN state and local microfilm project

Goal of Project

The primary goal of the project is to develop the infrastructure to support the cooperative archiving of agricultural publications on a national level.  CRL is assembling an information base that will assist collection managers and development officers assess holdings, condition of material, terms of archiving and service and availability of materials of concern.  Also to be developed are templates for terms of service, standards for levels of preservation, business models for archives and other tools to support cooperative archiving.


At present, the Mann Library at Cornell University, the Life Sciences Library at Penn State University, the D. H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University Library, and the Evans Library at Texas A&M are key participants in the project.  CRL welcomes the participation of all libraries interested in issues of print archiving of journals and government documents related to the field of Agriculture.  Participants are asked to:

  • share metadata describing their holdings to help populate a Print Archives and Preservation Registry (PAPR) currently under development.
  • document existing storage conditions and services that apply to identified collections.
  • provide detailed condition information about a sample of titles.
  • participate in web meetings and conversations discussing major issues related to print archiving of this material.
  • help develop recommended standards for cooperative print archiving of agricultural resources.
  • help garner support within interested community.


Web Meetings:



  • Jan 29, 2013 Project Ceres begins. See our webpage here.
  • May 28 2013 Project Ceres Funds 16 Agricultural Digitization Projects, please see our annoucement.